Thanks, Tom, that perception helped me, a bit.
I received several other replies from american
members, off-list, some of which explained
reasons for not wanting to express liberal
opinions on-list. [But why on earth they didn't
post them here is still beyond my ken.
Does american fear and conformism really reach
to the obscure depths of a math list?
And please don't say that you wanted to
stay on primenumbers topics, because I don't
believe that, from the evidence of my private mail.]
On a brighter note, I just got back from a revivifying
10-hour stint in Parliament Square.
There was lots going on that need not
be recounted here. But the marginally
relevant anecdote that might interest
members concerns the only slogan that
was written on a blackboard.
A young woman climbed onto the
plinth of a statue with a blackboard
on which was written:
> Mathematicians against the war.
(with a spoof formula beneath)
I happened to have Henri Cohen's
"Course in Computational Algebraic
Number in Theory" in my backpack
and waved it at her in solidarity.
[It is, of course, the colour of
"cowardly" french cheese.]